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Speaking of Science

04 May 2007

The University welcomed Cardiff graduate and BBC presenter Dr Alice Roberts as guest speaker at a unique student-led science conference.

Dr Roberts is best known for her appearances as an expert contributor on various television programmes including Channel 4's Time Team and its spin-off show Extreme Archaeology, BBC 2's Coast, and she is the creator, writer and presenter of BBC 2's Don't Die Young. She is a clinical anatomist who teaches human anatomy, physical anthropology and embryology at the University of Bristol. She addressed the Speaking of Science 2007 conference, speaking about her career and the importance of public engagement with science.

As part of the conference, research students from the Graduate Schools in Biomedical & Life Sciences and Physical Sciences & Engineering gave talks and presented posters across a wide range of subjects and disciplines to their peers.

Sarah Fyson, a postgraduate in the School of Biosciences and member of the conference organising committee said, "The conference provided a supportive environment for us to present our work to an audience of peers, receive constructive feedback and encourage the cross-subject fertilisation of ideas.

"Dr Roberts’ talk gave a fascinating insight into where a career in science can take you, and gave us food for thought in regards to communicating with the public about the remarkable work us scientists are undertaking."